Ryan Hintergardt, CSFL Sports Information Director
WACO, Texas - The Central States Football League has announced the addition of two new members for the 2013 football season. Oklahoma Baptist University and Wayland Baptist University (Tex.) will join forces with four other teams to make the six-team conference in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The two Universities will even the numbers between Oklahoma and Texas schools, joining Bacone College and Langston University in Oklahoma and Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Texas College from Texas.
“We’re extremely excited and ready to get started,” remarked Oklahoma Baptist University head coach Chris Jensen. “We are very pleased to be part of the conference. Everyone has been very welcoming and open to us.”
Oklahoma Baptist University, located in Shawnee, Okla., announced in December of 2010 that it would be adding football, reviving it from their last game that was played in 1940 when the Bison recorded an 8-2-1 record.
“The CSFL just seems like the right fit for us as we begin football and we are pleased they thought so, too,” stated Athletic Director Robert Davenport. “We’re excited for the season to begin.”
Based out of Plainview, Texas, Wayland Baptist University will begin its second consecutive season in more than 70 years. Last season the Plainsman finished 2-7 and played as an NAIA independent team. The school also announced in 2010 that it would be fielding a football team.
“That’s (the CSFL) something we have been looking forward to,” said Wayland Baptist head football coach Butch Henderson about joining the league. “The winner of the conference will get an automatic playoff bid. We have some tough games ahead of us.”
Both new conference additions will begin competing on a full-time member status during the upcoming 2013 season.
The CSFL, founded in 1999, has been well represented on a national stage with teams receiving Top 25 rankings in the NAIA poll and multiple appearances in the NAIA Football Championship Series.